What is the Best Siding for a Mobile Home?
Have you been debating which siding is best for your mobile home?
Installing mobile home siding is an excellent way to increase the value of your home, update its appearance, and make it more energy-efficient. Siding is an excellent investment for both old and new homes. There are numerous materials to choose from, including vinyl, wood, fiber cement, stone, and aluminum. We’ll go over various mobile home siding options as well as some factors to consider when making your decision.
Types of Mobile Home Siding
In this section, we’ll go over the various types of siding available for homeowners, as well as some of the benefits and drawbacks of each. Here’s a closer look at some of the most popular options:
Vinyl siding has quickly become one of the most popular siding options for both single-family homes and mobile homes, and for good reason. This siding choice comes in various styles (insulated and non-insulated, hundreds of colors to select from, etc.). It is also a low-cost option with a high resale value.
Many homeowners are drawn to the appearance of wood siding because of its rustic and warm appearance. Wood siding comes in a few different varieties. T1-11, also known as plywood, is a 4 x 8-foot grooved panel that can be installed vertically or horizontally on a mobile home. Cedar siding is also available, has a more rustic appearance, and is more moisture-resistant than other types of wood. But with wood siding comes extra maintenance, because wood siding is more prone to rot and decay.
Fiber cement siding is more expensive than other mobile home siding materials, but it comes with a long list of advantages. It comes in many sizes and thicknesses, as well as the ability to mimic the appearance of other types of siding on the market, which is a big plus. Fiber cement siding won’t rot, is extremely durable, and most manufacturers provide extended warranties against fade, color reduction, and finish. Although installation is more difficult, it can be done both vertically and horizontally.
Whether you are considering natural or man-made stone, the biggest pro is its pleasing aesthetic and energy efficiency. However, it is a very heavy material that requires a lot of effort to install, making it difficult to do it yourself and expensive to have it done professionally.
Aluminum is inexpensive, lightweight, and relatively simple to install. It can also be painted and is a tried-and-true siding option on mobile homes because it has been used successfully for years. A drawback to consider with aluminum siding is that it can dent.
Factors to Consider When Choosing Mobile Home Siding
So what type of mobile home siding is best for you? Let’s try and narrow it down with some factors you should consider:
Weather Resistance & Energy Efficiency
To increase longevity and lower overall costs, the best siding for mobile homes should be weather-resistant and energy-efficient. Look for UV-resistant siding that will not warp, rot, or mold if exposed to excessive moisture.
As far as energy efficiency, some types of mobile home siding can act as insulators, allowing homeowners to save money on utility bills. Stone is one of the best insulators, but vinyl is also an effective option!
Cost is the most critical issue! As each of the siding types listed above has a different price, owners must decide whether to choose low-cost wood siding, high-end stone siding, or something in between.
Return on Investment
One of the major advantages of new mobile home siding is that it can increase your resale value. Keeping this in mind, the investment in new siding can pay off big time if you end up selling one day. Fiber cement siding has the highest ROI, with vinyl siding a close second.
The Best Mobile Home Siding is Personal to You!
When it comes to mobile home siding, what works for one person may not work for another. You must consider the factors we mentioned above, and hopefully, those helped you narrow down some choices. But of course, our team will be available to answer any other questions you may have during the journey of purchasing your new mobile home. Speak with a member at Braustin Homes today!